Although there are benefits and disadvantages when it comes to remote learning, broadly speaking, Gifted and Talented students will benefit from the remote learning experience, in that it allows them to work at their own pace. This pace may be faster than their peers due to accelerated learning or slower, due to thinking in greater depth. Additionally, some highly able students may find that contributing ideas in an online setting is easier for them than speaking up in a classroom. On the whole, most students are comfortable with technology and used to communicating online – once this has become their main way of communicating with school, they may be more likely to provide feedback or ask questions when they need help.
Conversely, other students may struggle with the lack of interaction compared to that typically found in a classroom setting. Many ‘remote classrooms’ sessions held last spring would have seen students’ learning interactions reduced to reading educational materials, watching videos or clicking through presentations – a passive form of education that can be dull and lead to disengagement. Optimum Challenge aims to address this by offering Break out rooms which allow students to interact with their peers and a teacher in small groups. Children need interaction with like-minded peers and will benefit greatly from both the sense of increased competition and comradery.